Mentors and protégés in Film

Through the years

Alfonso Cuarón & Chaitanya Tamhane

2016-2017

Alfonso Cuarón & Chaitanya Tamhane

Having had mentors throughout his life, Alfonso Cuarón is highly enthusiastic about the mentoring year. His Indian protégé Chaitanya Tamhane, with a much-awarded first feature but no formal film training, says: “A mentor figure is someone I have always craved.”

Alejandro  Iñárritu & Tom Shoval

2014-2015

Alejandro Iñárritu & Tom Shoval

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ability to capture a different perspective in his films captivated young Israeli film-maker Tom Shoval, who wants to make films that are deeply personal but reveal a universal human experience.

Walter Murch & Sara Fgaier

2012-2013

Walter Murch & Sara Fgaier

For Sara Fgaier, the mentorship has been an extraordinary opportunity to be guided by one of the most revered film editors, Walter Murch. Her mentor enjoys working with young people and likes the way their questions make him examine assumptions in established thinking.

Zhang Yimou & Annemarie Jacir

2010-2011

Zhang Yimou & Annemarie Jacir

Zhang Yimou has been depicting Chinese heroism for decades in his cinematic masterpieces. The mentorship gave his protégée, a gifted Palestinian director, a rare opportunity to observe as he created a new feature film – a story of sacrifice and war.

Martin Scorsese & Celina Murga

2008-2009

Martin Scorsese & Celina Murga

In an unprecedented act of trust and respect, the mentor invited his protégée to watch the cutting of a new feature film. This and other valuable gifts mark an extraordinary year for a young film-maker.

Stephen Frears & Josué Méndez

2006-2007

Stephen Frears & Josué Méndez

The 29-year-old protégé has shot his second feature under the guidance of mentor Stephen Frears. The story explores the lifestyle of the young, idle members of Peru’s upper classes.

Mira Nair & Aditya Assarat

2004-2005

Mira Nair & Aditya Assarat

It began with them talking movies over fish curry and wine. It ended with the certitude that they spoke the same creative language.